hood: los feliz
drink: midnight companion – a red wine
the last bar in my blog experiment, way overdue but here goes… i went with a fresh face, mascara and lip gloss only. hair down, middle part and straight. i wore black skinny jeans, a black v-neck tee, a funky tribal necklace, black booties and a chic burlap colored moto jacket. in retrospect, it was a lot of black – possibly some kind of postmortem expression on the death of this experiment. ok, that’s heavy. at any rate, the outfit must have worked for me…
i walked into covell, a dark, quaint and sexy little bar on hollywood blvd. i headed for the end of the bar where there were a few empty seats. the bartender, jenna, came right over. we looked at each other as if we knew each other. we studied each other for a bit until i said, “where do i know you from?” she said, “i saw you walk in and thought, oh, i know her.” i asked her if she worked in fashion, her response, “no, but you must because you’re so stylish.” um, boom. outfit success. jenna, you rock.
we moved on to more important things, wine. i wanted one glass. red. rich. heavy. i told jenna i like earthy, i like bold, i like a hint of vanilla. maybe a little smoky. she replied, “got it. i know what to do.” and she did. she came back with two for me to try. one, a tempranillo that was spicy and tasty. two, a red wine from a local guy at silverlake wines. it was his first batch. he only produced a small amount. and it was amazing. the name, midnight companion, seemed fitting. there was no contest. i asked jenna for a big pour of midnight companion. she obliged and left me with my date. the wine, i mean.
i sat back with my companion and took in the energy of this place. which i enjoyed. it was a pretty hip crowd, i’d wager mostly industry folk. i loved the moodiness of covell. it had an old-world, nostalgic feel to it; yet with modern flair. i was digging it. there were lots of guys around. and most of them attractive. for whatever reason, (i know the reason) i was more into my wine than seeing if a guy was going to approach. had the lull in my experiment taken the importance off my mission? i am supposed to be getting out and getting social, if you recall. so, back to my companion… i loved him. he made me feel warm. he made me feel at ease. he went down smooth. he gave me purpose. which i ended up needing.
a guy approached and sat down one seat over from me at the end of the bar. he was very casually dressed. shorts, tee, big cardigan and his hair was in a top knot. that’s right. a top knot. from what i could tell – he was a regular. he seemed to know all of the people working. he talked freely with them. he never said a word to me. i sat, with my midnight companion, and began to feel very strange. it was odd to me to be seated so close to someone and not say hello. and not in a “i’m picking you up,” kind of way. but in a “we’re two human beings occupying the same space, why wouldn’t we be kind and say hi?” i sat with it, for what seemed like an eternity. i considered talking to my companion, but that just wouldn’t fly. i reminded myself that i am the gal who can talk to anyone. i recalled the “aggressive communicator” title i had previously been given, and i spoke. “it seems really odd to be sitting this close to someone and not say hi. hi.” he looked over and replied, “hi.” then he looked down at his phone. “is this your neighborhood bar?” i asked. he barely peeked up from his phone to reply, “yes.” that was it. i attempted no further contact. message received.
at this point, i am beyond grateful for my midnight companion. and it made me think about people, alone, drinking at a bar. are they finding more solace in a drink, than in human interaction? this experiment started out as a means to connect with people. tonight, it resulted in me connecting with my drink. it was time to go. and perhaps, not a bad note to end on.
i asked jenna for my check. she didn’t want to see me go and that was so nice. she was beyond lovely. i told her i needed to get home to my dog. my constant companion. she understood. completely.
overall score: 7 dates